Hello- new here- first post. Hoping I can get some help. I started seeing a chiropractor this past week after 2 years of fairly severe back pain having tried numerous avenues of treatment including physical therapy, acupuncture, another chiropractor, 3 guided spinal injections (2 with no results, one quite helpful for a limited time). This dr. suggested Sarno's book which I picked up from the library immediately after my first appointment. First appointment was 45 minutes, 2nd a half hour. Dr. appears very skilled (super busy practice!) and came with unqualified recommendation from another chiropractor friend. Although he expressed that I should have felt immediate relief after each manipulation I felt absolutely no change in pain levels. He also had me lie on a mat (I think they said it gave off an electromagnetic charge of some sort?) for a half hour. No change from that either- in fact I hobbled out of the office to my car- significantly worse than when I walked in. Getting up anytime I've been lying down leaves me stiff and this was no exception. I am also now on day 5 of the structured program which I discovered while researching this whole treatment plan. So far the doctor has given me no information about anything I should be doing outside of the treatment sessions I'm getting from him in the office (other than suggesting I read Sarno's book). I feel committed to pursuing this treatment as I'm at my wit's end with the pain. Where I'm having difficulty embracing it is seeing how my personality fits with the models presented as typically prone to TMS. I did show signs of anxiety and depression as a child and have spent many years of my life in and out of therapy. Sarno speaks of repressed emotions as arising from an abililty to cope only too well. Sadly (and it's a drag to admit) I wouldn't say I've coped all that well in my life with my anxiety. If anything, I'd say I've wallowed in it. One thing I can say with a fair amount of certainty is that I'm a pretty self-aware kind of person. I guess what I'm trying to say is- I have already spent an inordinate amount of time in my life "navel gazing" (if anything I believe way TOO much time) so it's very hard for me to see how simply "recognizing the psychological source" of my pain is going to help in making it go away. This is not to say that I don't believe that stress may be the cause of all of this, simply that I'm not seeing the way out at this point. So- I'm hoping to hear from some folks out there who might be able to shed some light on all this for me, considering specifically how I've described myself. I really want to get better and I'm open to any thoughtful suggestions anyone with insight might have. Thanks in advance.